Easy Succulent Planter

My love of succulents is not a secret. It couldn’t possibly be, even if I tried. In Succulents for Beginners, I outlined how to plant a succulent and keep it alive. So be sure to check back there for the nitty gritty.  I was at a loss for where to plant my newest cactus (Blue Candle Strawflower) and crassula. A quick trip to the dollar store to buy a birthday balloon for Darby (yes, the dog) solved my conundrum! I picked up this large white coffee mug to serve as my succulent planter and some white stones to decorate. The plants cost around $3 the week prior so for a grand total of $5 I put together this little cactus garden, knocking the socks off the $15-20 pre-made counterparts!

Succulent Planter

Since this mug has no drainage holes, I lined the bottom with a mixture of pea gravel and well draining soil. I then added some soil and planted the cactus. Those suckers will stab you so be careful to grip it in the right place! Once I secured it in place I added the crassula, dispersed around the free space slightly.

Succulent Planter

Succulent Planter

Succulent Planter

Succulent Planter

You can add colorful sand, pebbles or moss to decorate the planter or leave it au natural. That’s the fun part and entirely up to you. You can plant these bad boys in virtually anything so be creative. I have a white container theme going on so this mug was perfect for me.

Succulent Planter

If you are really interested in keeping and propagating succulents then I would advise you to buy the industrial sized bag of pea gravel for drainage. I find the small single-serve bags of pebbles over-priced and gimmicky.

Let me know about your succulent planter ideas!


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  1. This is such a lovely project! I love succulents and tiny cactii, so this is really my cup of tea. I’ll be following your tips to bring some style to my growing collection of chubby plants 😀

  2. Super cute! I love keeping succulents on my desk for happy and creative but low-maintenance decor. Now I want to get another cactus! 🙂

  3. I’m so clueless when it comes to succulents, yet they are so low-maintenance. I’ve been doing great at keeping my mom’s living legacy rose bush alive. I’ll have to add some succulents to the home too.

  4. This is adorable!! I’m definitely going to give this a try… i LOVE succulents but I’m horrible at gardening of any kind! I will definitely try this though, it looks easy enough and super flipping cute!!!

  5. I’ve always wanted to have some succulents around the house but was intimidated by the thought of trying to keep them alive! So this post is a huge help 🙂

  6. It looks beautiful! I am going to have to hit up the dollar store for some mugs to borrow your idea Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

  7. I soo want to decorate my house with these all OVER! They are low light plants correct? I would love to hang them in the hall way in wall hanger pots, coming in from our front door. I think it would be very welcoming, plus I love flowers and plants. I can’t wait to redo my whole back yard with plants/flowers!

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